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The Great Lakes Loons and Dow Diamond have teamed up with the Dow Corning Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company, both corporate partners, to enhance sustainability practices across all aspects of the organization. As part of the enhanced sustainability practices, the Loons have set an ambitious goal to reduce total energy use, water use and waste by 50 percent by the year 2020.

In addition, Loons organizational leaders have spent time learning from corporate sustainability leaders at both Dow and Dow Corning, as well as other regional organizations. From those conversations, the Loons have defined sustainability as the long-term maintenance of organizational well-being, with a concentration in three core areas: people, planet and prosperity.

While all three facets of sustainability have been a part of the Loons operation from the beginning of the franchise through the mission and goals of the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a stronger focus and emphasis on planet initiatives have been born out of ongoing planning with Dow and Dow Corning. This extended focus on planet initiatives will enhance the organization's overall sustainability efforts.

To help guide efforts and share best practices, the team formed the Loons Environmental Advisory Panel (LEAP). The panel, consisting of representatives from seven local businesses with an eye for environmental strategies, is working with the Loons to set more goals, suggest tactics and evaluate progress. Members of the panel include:

Paul Barbeau - Great Lakes Loons
Johnathan DiMuro - The Dow Chemical Company
Ron Fillmore - Dow Corning
Bill Gagliardi - Dow Kokam
Chris Heffner - Dow Corning
Ted High - Three Rivers Corporation
Thom Kelley - J.E. Johnson
Scott Litle - Great Lakes Loons
Chris Mundhenk - Great Lakes Loons
Leslie Orozco - Dow Corning
Dennis Pilaske - Chippewa Nature Center
Esther Seaver - Midland Volunteers for Recycling
Emily Schafer - Midland Community Foundation